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Updated: October 11, 2019
Known for its cosmopolitan mix of international business, embassies, dance clubs and major art galleries, Roppongi is always on the go. A center for recreation after WWII, it has shaken off its slightly seedy reputation, with a renewed focus on art.
One of the largest art museums in Japan, the NACT hosts blockbuster exhibitions from Japan and overseas. Designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa, the glass, steel and concrete structure undulates like a wave. Inside, the minimalist space features galleries, cafés and restaurants and a well-edited gift shop.
A combined development of hotel, business, residence and shopping, Tokyo Midtown is like a luxury city. Behind the shopping mall and restaurants, a sprawling park hosts yoga classes in good weather. Don’t miss the 21_21 Design Sight in the park, a contemporary design museum by Issey Miyake.
One of the first mixed residential developments in the area, Roppongi Hills is another mini-city, with international company headquarters, luxury shops and a world-class art museum. It also connects directly to the Grand Hyatt hotel. The complex is known for the giant Maman spider sculpture by Louise Bourgeois.
Tokyo City View encompasses the Mori Art Museum, Mori Arts Center Gallery, cafés and an observation area. The idea is that you see the art inside the building, then gaze out at the “art” that is the city of Tokyo. Floor to ceiling windows on the 52nd floor offer a sweeping panorama of the city. In good weather, head to the Sky Deck for fresh air views.